Calgary, AB, Canada (4E Sports) – Ben Bishop stopped 19 shots for his fourth shutout of the season while Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-0 win over the Calgary Flames Friday at Scotiabank Saddledome.
The win extended the Lightning’s road winning streak to five games while Palat extended his point-scoring streak to five when he broke open a scoreless game in the second period.
Nikita Kucherov also scored while Teddy Purcell, Mark Barberio and Matt Carle had one assist each for the Lightning, who improved to 25-12-4.
Karri Ramo recorded 27 saves for the Flames, who slipped to 14-21-6after losing their fourth straight game.
It was the third time in four games that the Flames have been shut out on home ice. Overall, the Flames have scored once in a span of 245:05 dating to a 4-3 shootout win against St. Louis Blues on Dec. 23.
“It’s really frustrating. We definitely feel like we’re letting the goaltenders down. They’ve played great,” Flames forward Lee Stempniak said.
Shortly after a minor penalty to Mike Cammalleri expired, Teddy Purcell found Palat alone in the high slot. Palat then coasted in before ripping a shot over the glove of Ramo to put the Lightning up 1-0.
“I feel like every game, my confidence is getting better,” Palat said. “Maybe it’s because I play with Marty (St. Louis) and Johnny (Tyler Johnson).”
Minutes later, Palat faked as he skated into the Calgary zone before finding Kucherov driving to the far post for a tap-in score for a 2-0 lead.
Martin St. Louis almost made it 3-0 early in the third but he was denied by Ramo.